Nozstock’s original dance arena is a former bull pen and working milking parlour. It was converted long ago into an intimate space to be enjoyed by musicians and music lovers. Now the room serves as a cocoon to the dance world as the walls shake with the reverberations of dirty bass beats and vibrant party rhythms. Take a detour into this old barn for a dance-lite distraction and keep an eye on this area in the day time… we might make DJs of you yet.
On an endless pilgrimage into the vast spectrum of sound, many a ‘Stocker will be seen bouncing to the darkest beats thanks to the magical hands of some super-skilled DJs.
2014 line up coming soon.
2013 line up included…
SIKA studios are returning to Nozstock transforming The Bullpen into A Hip Hop Squat! By day they provide break dance lessons and graffiti workshops, with a chance for everyone to get their hands on a spray can, meaning all ages can get creative and express themselves. By night, enjoy SIKA’s dynamic programming, bringing you DJs spanning every urban style and bringing a big time groove to your weekend. Keep your ears peeled for some beatbox battles and a High Focus Records showcase.
Fliptrix has been creating a storm since ‘Force Fed Imagery’ set the standard in 2007. 2010’s ‘Theory Of Rhyme’ was met with great critical acclaim and established him as one of freshest Hip Hop MC’s to come out of the UK in a very long time. With his intelligent, powerful lyrics, high-energy delivery and a myriad of original and distinctive flows he consistently proves he is a force to be reckoned with.‘Third Eye Of The Storm’, Fliptriks third solo venture pushed the South East Londoner to even higher heights in 2012 and defined his position as one of the most forward-thinking mcs in the game.
Definitely don’t miss Verb T who will be smashing in on The Bullpen stage this year with his London grown brand of Hip Hop. Having collaborated with Roots Manuva &recently toured with Fliptrix and DJ Madnice, you’ll kick yourself if you miss out on one of the most exciting Hip Hops acts to grace our Hidden Valley this year.
One fifth of critically acclaimed Contact Play, and one third of Dead Players, Jam Baxter will be smashing up The Bullpen this year with his own unique brand of underground hip hop. His explicit lyrics, solid and varied collaborations have earned him notoriety.. Now widely respected as one of the best underground hip hops acts in the UK, expect something out of the ordinary but definitely don’t expect to stand still!
One third of underground heroes The 3 Amigos, with over ten years of experience and a host of heavyweight collaborations under his belt, (including the likes of Skinny Man and Foreign Beggars) Leaf Dog is an artist who deserves the hype. A combination of real lyrics, inventive punchlines and unique musical expression have made him one of the most exciting artists on the High Focus roster.
BVA MC (which stands for Beaver!) started rapping when he was just 8 years old, but his debut came on The Three Amigos 2003 release ‘Lost But Not Forgotten’. Since then he has performed all over the UK, jammed with the likes of Sammy B Side and Dr Syntax, released solos projects on RI.D records and become one quarter of hip hop supergroup The Four Owls. All that, but there’s plenty more to come, including a set in Nozstocks hip hop squat…
Edward Scissortongue fell in love with hip hop in 1990 and since then he has only two aims as a musician; one, to have fun and two, to play with the patterns and arrangements that dominate his thoughts.Edward Scissortongue’s music represents his battle with the pictures in his brain..Part of the Contact Play crew and with his Better Luck Next Life release out on High Focus records now, this Cambridge boy definitely done good.
He’s associated with some of the most influential names in the business, Contact Play, High Focus Records, SMB and even Wordplay magazine. This self confessed vinyl junkie and general vibes merchant will get The Bullpen going in his Nozstock debut.
He’s performed with some of the most prolific names in the business – the likes of Verb T and Fliptrix and he’s played at venues throughout the UK, plus at some of the worlds premier festivals, including Outlook 2011 and of course, Nozstock 2013!.
A huge figure in underground UK hip-hop, Dr Syntax returns to Nozstock to blow you away with his ‘witty social commentary, self-deprecating humour and intelligent wordplay, all delivered with his trademark charismatic style and bass-rich vocal tone’(Rhyme and Reason) With an ever increasing mass of devoted followers, he’ll get you jumping when he crashes into The Bullpen this year.
This grime, dubstep and d n b MC comes with pure fire dirty lyrics. He has recently released his Devilman’s Diary EP on Sika Records and will be tearing up The Bullpen with his own unique style of delivery…WUNSEN!
Bristol based Ed Cox is a memberof the life4land and part of The DSC a.k.a The Dog Shit Crew. He brings his unique brand of Clowncore to squat parties throughout the UK but is no stranger to a festival show, tearing it up at Boomtown Fair and now Nozstock. He is accompanied by Stivs who will be firing up The Bullpen with his eclectic DJ style. Mattycore, sssociated with names lifes Life4land, DMT and Wicked Squad, plays Hardtek / Jungletek with all sorts in between. There’s dashes of grime and drum n bass in there too. Regularly releasing and putting mixes out there he has become big on the Bristol scene.
Children Of The Damned is a collaboration of the cream of British rapping talent, including Antiheroes and Monster Under The Bed. Signed to Blah records, their releases Tourettes Camp and Black Pelican have both made their mark within the scene.
Heads up, check out this Bristol Hip Hop Collective Split Prophets! Rising fast and coming with a bomb load of fresh sounds including a 13 track collaboration with Krate Krusaders, means you cannot miss these guys making their return to Nozstock in style…
Providing one of the highlights on last years Garden Stage with no less than 3 sets over the weekend, J-Man could already be considered a bit of a Nozstock veteran. Indeed he is no stranger to festivals bagging sets at Glastonbury, Sunrise and NASS to name a few.
Sonnyjim is the Birmingham rapper who formed the mighty Eatgood Records and has gained a name for himself on the battle circuit. Sleaze, part of the GV Clik, has gained something of a cult following since the release of Theolovision. Together, they have been putting out releases for a few years. Their most recent track, Now I know, features production from some of the best up and comers on the circuit.
Technoo has been rapping under various guises since his early teens but has settled into being a solo performer. Signed to Haji’s Yard/First Son, his album Scary Monsters is available now showcasing his lyrical hip hop style.
Cardiff MC, Marcus Traumatik has collaborated with Marvin and Eazy, released on Shiftin Beats and received acclaim for tracks like Wake Up and Kryptonite.
Rum Committee is a Brighton supercrew consisting of 4 MCs 1 Singer and 5 producer/Dj’s. The Committee are known for smashing tracks/shows/battles or any other task that is laid out in front of them with creativity, originality & flair. Hard hitting debut album “Boozetown” has set the precedent for a plethora of solo and team projects which will continue to push barriers and turn heads alike.
Brighton MC trio, Awfer, Illiterate and Frankie Stew AKA Concept of Thought have a unique style. Their EP ‘Painting in Silence’ saw guest spots from the likes of Dirty Dike and Ed Scissortoungue and their set at Nozstock 2012 was one of the highlights of the hip hop squat.
DJ known for the big drops and big beat records, playing anything from Sub Focus and The Prodigy to Chase and Status to get the crowd hyped.
Katch Pyro are joining us in the Bullpen this year for first time. Their heterogeneous style will see you bouncing and grinding to a fusion of hip hop, drum ‘n’ bass, jazz, reggae, ska and even a bit of opera thrown into the mix! Phew! If this won’t have you going we don’t know what will!
Hailing from the southwest, this undergroup hip hop/rap group are making their Nozstock debut. Their unique sound will have you grooving to their grind!
Travelling down from the Birmingham to grace The Hip Hop squat, Dirty Dockerz will have
you hooked to their addictive tunes and animated lyrics.
Founded in 2009 and part of the Rigsmith Hi Fi Collective expect Roots, Reggae, dub and Jungle. Always in a positive style.
Colwalls Billit Noble, AKA Dan Reed has remixed and produced for some of the biggest names in the business. His track, Courvoisier, has recently appeared on Chord Marauders compilation, Groove Booty.
Well-established DJ and producer, Kopius will take to Nozstock’s Bullpen to showcase some of the finest dubstep around. He started DJing at the tender age of 11, becoming known around his native Leicester for his energetic parties and raves, before setting up his own underground night. His live shows have become legendary and the dynamic he creates between him and the crowd is not something to be missed.
Rapid microphone chat from an MC who has supported Taxman at recent gigs, expect some grimy words over this fast tongued MC!
NK has a broad music background and his live shows cover dirty house to garage to dubstep. A man full of surprises, this DJ certainly knows how to entertain and energise a crowd. Touring around the country in the past couple of years at festivals such as Relentless and Aeon, we warmly welcome NK back to Nozstock for another year.
Joe Raygun is part owner of Raygun Youth, one of the South Wests biggest brands for drum n bass and hip hop. He’s joined by Influx, who is far from a typical MC. He;s played alongside Professor Green and Dub Pistols and bagged himself Radio 1Xtra airplay thanks to his debut single ‘Days to Night’.
Three man hip hop crew, who say it just how it is. Their rap is sincere and they sample as if it was the late 1980s. They are, however, not stuck in the past. This is hip hop that nods its head to the late greats and yet welcomes new sounds with open arms. Undeniably clever, their music effortlessly slides from jazzy rhythms to grimey beats.
Formed in 2008, GV (or Greasy Vinyl) Collective is made up of a wide range of UK talent. Formed by Sleaze and Bones and over the years joined by Dainjamouth, Phantom, Gramma, Jman, Jugga and DJisGOD, these guys have dropped some seriously slick productions, both within the collective and as solo projects.
Underground Hip Hop MC Cracker Jon will be bringing his intelligent lyricism to us all the way from Croydon, ready to set The Bullpen crowd on fire. With his debut album ‘You can take the cracker out of Croydon’ and collaborations with the producer 2Late in his repertoire we are in for a raucous treat…. London style! Joined by Too Late who has performed at Boom Bap Festival this year,
Following the release of his debut, the home produced classic, Bennadict EP, this young purveyor of laid back flow and beat combos has worked with the likes of Dirty Dike, moved to America and consistently released material – including this springs The Diamond EP, which sees a completely different direction for this talented individual.
Mixing the genres of urban garage and trip hop, Kimberly creates a truly unique sound. This chill out music with a British female touch is fascinating. Be prepared to be captivated by her voice and slowed down beats.
Bahai’s riddim is very soulful and experimental with a sway of old school Hip hop and contemporary RnB notes
Jak The Repper
A SIKA DJ who has earnt his name by putting the work in, he has been mixing for the last 10 – 11 years, mainly DnB but also dubstep, garage, ragga, breakbeat and anything with a good beat.
The SIKA badman, jungle and hip hop DJ Brookie, will be playing his own music from a massive selection of vinyl and guaranteed to go in.
Aristocrats. high class hip hop. JMaxfield and Double.Negative on the beats. Stash Mandizoot & Twiggs on the veeeerbs. THese guys will be holding it down for their first time at Nozstock.
Flash Harry is a mash up DJ who’s style consists of Reggae, Hip Hop, Funk and Drum n Bass. He has played alongside the likes of Krafty Kuts, Freestyliners and Foreign Beggars and has a weekly underground music show on UKFM.
Pongin Natty has DJ’ed at Nass Festival alongside Sika favourites Jman and Flash Harry.
Nuff dutty skankin’ and good vibes ramajamed an underground musical adventure!
A hip-hop breaks and funk session with the Sub Kon crew spitting their skills.
Scruloose play a mix of dubstep, drum n bass and grime with occasional house and electro thrown in.
Gravity is used to hyping a crowd having supported some of the dance world heavyweights including Rusko and Alix Perez.
Babylon Destruction Unit
Jungalist & drum & bass collective of mayhem from Herefordshire but gigging regularly around Bristol.
Little Rizla aka Tom Walker is a regular on the Bristol scene. He releases weekly poetry videos on YouTube.
This hip-hop / rap artist has worked with Jam Baxter. His track Early Early Sunday Morning was on the It’s All about the Beats compilation.
Sammy B Side
This self confessed vinyl junkie is associated with some of the most influential names in the business, Contact Play, High Focus Records and Wordplay magazine.
Gardna is a conscious style hiphoppa from the southwest of England keeping things strictly positive.
Moose Funk Squad
A devastating group of individual MC’s coming together under the name ‘Moose Funk Squad.’ Expect plenty of hard hitting lyrics lighting up The Bullpen.
A serial music entrepreneur, Oliver is considered a key figure in UK hip-hop, not just for his skills as a MC and DJ but also as a promoter and a manager.
Concept of Thought
Concept of Thought have a unique style. Their EP Painting in Silence saw guest spots from Dirty Dike and Ed Scissortoungue.
Trellion & Sniff
Sheffield hip-hop Duo Trellion & Sniff are making waves on Bad Taste Records. Individually respected in their own right, together, a real force to be reckoned with.
AKA Sam Lewis, London born and bred, heavily influenced by hip-hop. Sam has now moved to Birmingham where he found a love for house music in which Cutting Agents was born.
After hours on Friday..
Although a relatively new name on the scene, the team behind Rotation have a wealth of experience in festival and nightclub promotion. They are bringing their fine selection of underground house & techno to Nozstock 2013, staging a Friday night takeover of The Bullpen…
The South Coast duo behind the hugely successful Sound of Sumo record label and club night have really taken things to the next level ever since Claude VonStroke heard their demo and decided to work with them on the huge hit “Turbosteppa”. They’ve since racked up releases on Food Music and remixed the likes of Foamo and Shadow Child which has led to a diary full of DJ bookings and the name Kry Wolf appearing in track listings from A-List DJ’s worldwide.
After DJ’ing and promoting club nights all over the UK since the 90′s, Nozstock’s original resident DJ, Dex, found himself growing apart from the dnb & breakbeat scenes and drawn back to the 4/4 grooves on which he cut his teeth. Step forward Choose Life, an alter-ego to produce House & Techno with no preconceptions. Having already notched up his first release on Blacksnow Recordings and with more in the pipeline, the next chapter for the Rotation founder is proving a good read for fans of deep/tech house and techno!
This is Fixed Rate’s 20th year of DJing. Since the early nineties he’s played across many different styles from rave to breaks and jungle to house. Spinning tunes throughout the UK from Fantazia to Glastonbury. The one thing that has been a constant for Fixo is techno, come and enjoy some late night beats.
A die hard supporter of underground house & techno for many years, pushing the sound to anyone who would listen….and even a few that wouldn’t….the next logical step for Chug Cartel was to start dj’ing and take his beloved style to a wider audience. Expect nu-disco grooves sliced with chugging, underground beats that wouldn’t sound out of place at 5am in a Berlin basement.